Get the Facts
How do marketers get people to buy so much stuff? They say it'll make us happy! But the truth is that a focus on having and getting stuff is more likely to make people – including kids! – unhappy. Learn more about advertising, materialism, and kids' wellbeing in our brand new fact sheet. And if you want to learn even more, check out this piece about raising non-materialistic kids, featuring CCFC Board member Dr. Tim Kasser.
More than 200 psychologists have sent a letter to the American Psychological Association (APA) asking it to take a stand on persuasive design techniques used to keep kids on ad-supported devices. Now, the APA needs to hear your voice. Please join us in calling on the APA to:
- Issue a formal public statement condemning psychologists’ role in designing persuasive technologies that increase children's time spent on digital devices, as kids’ screen overuse poses risks to their emotional wellbeing and academic success
- Call on psychologists and the tech industry to disclose their use of psychological persuasion techniques, especially those in digital products used by children
- Take strong actions to educate parents, schools, and child advocates about the use of psychological persuasion in social media and video games; and inform the public of the harms of children’s overuse of screens
Learn more and sign on here.